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Love Letter Butter Cookies Recipe for Valentine’s Day

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These Love Letter Butter Cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day or when you want to treat someone you love. With an easy-to-make dough, these cookies with a heart are delicious with a soft, buttery crumb. When filled with your favorite jam, it becomes something to remember.

Side view of Love Letter Butter Cookies on a white plate with tea and calligraphy pens.

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These butter cookies are a little like combining two classic favorites: sugar cookies and linzer cookies. And festive? Absolutely! As mentioned, they are delightful for Valentine’s Day and anniversaries, birthdays, or when you want to show someone how special they are.

And nothing beats cookies to show your love, right?!

Love Letter Inspiration

Throughout history, love letters have stood the test of time, from biblical references in Song of Solomon to historic figures penning missives to their loves, like an unknown recipient of Beethoven’s thoughts and letters penned by Napoleon to Josephine.

The Age of Chivalry is when we first begin recognizing the love letters we know today. In this era, correspondences became more personal, delivering chaste compliments and courtly love.

By the 18th century, historians find love letters becoming more specific and personal.

When was the last time you wrote a love letter?

“What cannot letters inspire? They have souls; they can speak; they have in them all that force which expresses the transports of the heart.”

Héloïse to Abelard 
Top view of Love Letter Butter Cookies on a white plate with tea.

What to Know About Love Letter Butter Cookies

While these cookies are very simple to make, here are some things to know!

  • The dough is soft: I wanted to make this dough softer than my favorite sugar cookie recipe because the shapes are folded into envelopes. You will need to chill the dough for 20-30 minutes.
  • Making shapes: The cookies are cut into squares. I’m using a 4-inch square cutter because I have them around for baking and teatime, but you can also cut squares using a sharp knife.
  • Choosing cookie size: As mentioned, I’m using a 4-inch square, but if you want the cookies smaller, it’s easy to adjust the size.
  • Heart-shaped seals: The heart-shaped letter seal is made using a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Love Letter Butter Cookies Ingredients

These cookies are made from simple pantry ingredients. Specific measurements are in the recipe card below, but here is a quick look at what you need:

  • Unsalted butter: If you want to use salted butter, you can eliminate the salt in the recipe.
  • All-purpose flour: I have not yet tested this using alternative flour.
  • Granulated sugar: This is used in the recipe and for sprinkling the cookies before baking. If you want to use sparkling sugar for dusting, that works too!
  • Large egg for structure.
  • Salt to elevate the vanilla flavoring.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Jam filling: I’m using strawberry jam, but raspberry or lingonberry jam is also a beautiful red. Use your favorite, though.

How to Make Love Letter Butter Cookies

Step-by-step instructions are also in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1: Make the dough

Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the salt, vanilla, and egg; continue to beat until combined. Gradually add the flour until just combined with no flour streaks. The dough will be on the softer side.

Step 2: Chill the dough

Between 2 sheets of parchment paper, roll the dough to 1/4 – 1/8 inch thick. The dough mustn’t be too thick for the best-shaped cookies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill the dough.

Step 3: Shape the cookies into love letters

Once chilled, remove from the refrigerator and remove the parchment paper. Use a sharp knife or square pastry cutter and cut the dough into 4-inch squares (or diamond shapes).

Top view of unbaked Love Letter Butter Cookies dough rolled and being cut into square shapes using a stainless cutter.

Transfer shapes to parchment-lined baking sheets. With the remaining dough, cut heart shapes using a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Top view of shaping unbaked Love Letter Butter Cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Rotate the cookies into a diamond shape. Spoon 1-2 teaspoons of jam into the middle of each cookie square. Fold the two sides and bottom corners into the center to form an open envelope. Press the corners into the jam to seal, top with the mini heart shape, and sprinkle with sugar.

Step 4: Bake the cookies

Chill the shaped cookies in the refrigerator as you preheat the oven to 350℉. Then, bake, one sheet at a time, until the cookies are light and golden, about 15-17 minutes. Let cool completely before serving or storing.

Love Letter Butter Cookies with tea and strawberry jam.

Love Letter Butter Cookies Questions and Tips

How long will jam filled cookies last?

When stored at room temperature in an airtight container, the cookies will last for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Can I substitute strawberry jam for another jam?

Absolutely! Choose your favorite jam for the filling. Red is always pretty for Valentine’s Day, but any variety will work.

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Closeup view of Love Letter Butter Cookies on a white plate with strawberry jam filling.
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Butter Cookie Love Letters

Delightful Love Letter Butter Cookies for when you want to show someone special how much you care. An easy dough and buttery crumb make them perfect for Valentine's Day or any occasion!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 14 cookies

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar for sprinkling
  • strawberry jam

Instructions

  • Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the salt, vanilla, and egg; continue to beat until combined. Gradually add the flour until just combined with no flour streaks. The dough will be on the softer side.
  • Between 2 sheets of parchment paper, roll the dough to 1/4 – 1/8 inch thick. The dough mustn't be too thick for the best-shaped cookies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill the dough.
  • Once chilled, remove from the refrigerator and remove the parchment paper. Use a sharp knife or square pastry cutter and cut the dough into 4-inch squares (or diamond shapes). Transfer shapes to parchment lined baking sheets. With the remaining dough, cut heart shapes using a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter.
    Horizontal top view of unbaked, rolled cookie dough being cut into squares on a parchment lined baking dish.
  • Rotate the cookies into a diamond shape. Spoon 1-2 teaspoons of jam into the middle of each cookie square. Fold the two sides and bottom corners into the center to form an open envelope. Press the corners into the jam to seal and top with the mini heart shape and sprinkle with sugar.
    Horizontal top view of unbaked Letter Love Butter cookie dough being shaped into envelopes on a parchment lined baking dish.
  • Chill the shaped cookies in the refrigerator as you preheat the oven to 350℉. Then, bake, one sheet at a tme, until the cookies are light and golden, about 15-17 minutes. Let cool completely before serving or storing.

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Notes

Storing: Refrigerate cookies in an airtight container for up to a couple of weeks, although best when enjoyed shortly after baking. You can also freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter cookies, love letter cookies, Valentine’s Day cookies

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